Mexico combines for no-hitter in win
A closer look at the game between Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL of Reynosa, Mexico vs. Emilia LL of Emilia, Italy, Saturday at Volunteer Stadium, a 13-0 Mexico win in four innings:
PLAY OF THE GAME: Mexico reliever Francisco Elizondo struck out Antonio Casadio to finish a five-man no-hitter. Andre garza, Erick Vazquez, Rosendo Cantu, and Carlos Garcia joined him.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Saul Soto was 4 for 4 with three RBIs, and two doubles, saying he played for his father who is not here. His father, also known as Saul Soto, is playing for Rieleros de Aguascalientes in the Mexican League, where he’s hitting .332, with 11 home runs and 59 RBI in 109 games.
HOME RUNS: Isaac Miranda hit a 260-foot, three-run home run to left-center, and Garza reportedly dented a car with a 330-foot shot to right, both in the second innings, for an 8-0 lead .
FLASHING LEATHER: Italy didn’t record a hit, but it also didn’t make an error in what was a clean game all around.
“We didn’t expect to lose back-to-back by the 10-run rule, but we knew every game would be tougher than in Italy,” said coach Fabio Puelli.
BIG INNING: Mexico scored in every one.
BEST EFFORT: Parking cars a minimum of 300 feet from home plate and 100 feet beyond all fences is usually good enough to avoid automobile damage for most baseball games at any level, so it’s a testament to Garza’s blast that all cars were out of this range. Garza said through an interpreter he didn’t have plans or money to pay for the damage.
WHAT THE ADULTS SAY: Mexico manager Jose Manuel Espinoza Urrea said he threw five guys to get them experienced and avoid nervous debuts the next game. All will be eligible.
“Korea has power and Japan is contact hitting,” said Espinoza through an interpreter. “So we’ll see how it goes and who throws.”
WHAT THE KIDS SAY: Garza said there wasn’t much no-hitter talk in the dugout with all the pitching changes in what became Mexico’s first no-hitter here since 2012.
“That’s not really how it happened,” said Garza through an interpreter.
WHAT IT MEANS: Italy is eliminated, falling into a consolation crossover game against Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Mexico advances to Monday against the loser of Sunday’s game between Japan and Korea.